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5 years 14 weeks ago, 4:23 PM

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I've always used Don Hume IWB leather holsters, but have always wondered about Kydex. I've thought that they would create more holster wear, but I have heard they are faster then leather. What do ya'll use and for what reason?

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 4:49 PM

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Never have really tried anything else. I am not a fast draw expert, I am the sneaky type. The kydex makes too much noise for me. There is just something to be said about the smell of a dead cowhide...LOL

5 years 14 weeks ago, 5:14 PM

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Me to samD

I just didn't know if I was missing out on something, by not trying a Kydex!

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 5:24 PM

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albeit, the best one that I could find, my Glock19 for Concealed carry. I didn't want a plastic (kydex) holster. I use a Galco Paddle holster, can be worn left or right and don't have to take my belt off to do it. That crinkle sound of leather is mesmerizing.

5 years 14 weeks ago, 5:39 PM

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with a paddle holster! I wish I could....it would be so much easier than the IWB rig!

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 5:58 PM

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i have a leather Galco

for my 19 and just ordered a Don Hume 715 for my 26,i usually keep the 26 in my Vest pocket(hey it's okay to wear a vest when your riding around on a Harley)but it's definately not quick to get out,so i'm going to try a holster.

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 7:03 PM

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I love them both. One kydex is a belt holster for my G34, the other is a Galco paddle holster for my G19. The leather holsters i have are a belt holster for my G26 and an IWB for my G19/G26. They each have their strong and weak points, but overall, I prefer the wide range of draw angles and fastening features of kydex. I am going to try a Crossbreed IWB holster for the G19 after i've satisfied a few more gun accessory requirements first. I don't like the way that the mouth of the leather holster can squeeze in after you've used it for a while when you draw the weapon. As for the sound made during the draw, I can't think of many times when you'd have to be sneaky about drawing a defensive gun, but in the even I need to, I can put my firing thumb on the mouth of the kydex holster and push with it, and the weapon comes out silently. It's also a matter of where you live. Here in southern AZ, carrying a gun all day long can lead to a sweat-soaked leather holster which will break it down over time without an increasing level of maintenance.

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